Hard Curly Maple Desk and Shelves

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Project by mnorusis posted 08-18-2010 05:18 AM 2449 views 0 times favorited 6 comments Add to Favorites Watch

About 4 months ago it was decided that our old (9 years) target desk needed to be replaced, and this wall in the office would be perfect for a long desk and a couple of shelves, with light wood being requested for both.

About 2 months ago I finished and hung the shelves and milled the wood for the desk. At that point the project sat for 2 months and I was just able to get back to it 2 weeks ago.

Most of the time I’m able to take pictures that make my projects look better than they are, but for this one the pictures actually don’t do the desktop justice.

The finish is spray deft lacquer for the shelves and 6 coats of deft brushing lacquer for the desk, wet sanded to 320, then #0000 steel wool w/ johnson’s paste wax for a final perfect satin finish (it may be a bit higher than satin actually).

Prior to the lacquer, I sanded the desk through 600, and even without anything on it I could see the reflection of the radio clock on my workbench in the desk surface.

I have to say, being the first time working with lacquer and first time needing a “Real” finish, I even surprised myself.

I’d like to take this opportunity to thank my card scraper, for never meeting a tearout it can’t conquer! It gets the project MVP award this time around.

Not exactly a work of art, but comments and feedback welcome as always!


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#1 posted 08-18-2010 10:34 AM

Nice wood choice and the finish work looks great. Well done.

-- Ken, "Everyday above ground is a good day!"

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#2 posted 08-18-2010 03:18 PM

That is beautiful!! A desk top like that would help me keep the clutter down on my desk; I would hate to cover it up.

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#3 posted 09-15-2010 05:26 PM

Extremely nice looking desk. I like the shelf arrangement. Have you ever been to C.P.Johnson Hardwoods in Elkwood, VA? He has an amazing array of razor curl maple and clear Pennsylvania cherry and he is only 15 minutes south of Warrenton. Just letting you know.

-- Al, Culpeper VA

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#4 posted 09-15-2010 06:48 PM

CiscoKid, Thanks..unfortunately I cannot take credit for the shelf arrangement :-)

And thanks for the tip on C.P. Johnson, I had not heard of them before, I’ll have to check it out (always looking for more sources of good lumber).

Do know if they carry 8/4 walnut and/or cherry? I checked out their website but they don’t have a stock list up.


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#5 posted 11-10-2010 12:34 AM

Mike. Sweet job on the desk. The finish is superb. Anything with curly maple in it gets my thumbs up. Did you pick that maple up locally? NoVa?

-- Measure, cut, curse, repeat.

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#6 posted 11-10-2010 04:08 PM

Thanks, yes, I the hard curly maple from Vienna Hardwood. I’ve pretty much used them exclusively since they seem to have a ton of random things, but you have to dedicate an entire Sat. morning to dig through their piles.

Recently I haven’t been as happy with their selection and prices, so I’m going to start trying a few other places, even though they are further away. The projects I’m working on lately (furniture) require more material so it’s more justified to drive the 1-1.5 hours away for better prices.


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